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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #45. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s A Season in France

A Season in France

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Writer: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, the preeminent filmmaker from Chad, will embark on his first feature to be shot in France with A Season in France, described as an asylum seeker’s love story wherein Eriq Ebouaney (who has appeared in a variety of English speaking films, including Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven) seeks refuge in France as a single father caring for two children. A chance encounter with a white woman played by Sandrine Bonnaire grants him an opportunity to obtain citizenship and secure a future for his children.

Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire

Production Co./Producer(s): Pili Films (Florence Stern).

U.S. Distributor: Icarus Films.
Release Date: Haroun won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2010 with A Screaming Man, and returned to the competition in 2013 with Grisgris. In Cannes 2016 he presented his documentary Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy out of competition, so it’s safe to say Haroun would logically return to the fold as filming is scheduled for completion at the end of December, 2016.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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